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Top-Ranking Jobs for the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Those who wish to pursue careers in a management or leadership in technical fields often pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Some who seek this degree have already earned an Associate of Applied Science, and they may already be working in their field of interest. These students are commonly looking to advance their current careers alongside classmates who have yet to begin theirs.

At Arkansas State University, the Bachelor of Applied Science degree plan offers classes in four areas of emphasis — in addition to the standard classes for this major — so you can focus on building the skills that are relevant to your field of interest. These emphases include the following:

  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Management.
  • Renewable energy technology.
  • Technology.

What Are Some Jobs You Could Qualify For?

Because of the scope of the term "applied science," the number and type of jobs available to graduates of these degree programs is expansive. Here are just a few of the many options, depending on your area of emphasis.

Software Engineer

Estimated yearly salary: $55,000 – $130,000 (Average: $80,000).

Software engineers work with computer programmers and coders in the design and development of software applications. Successful software engineers often become software architects, project managers and information technology consultants.

Operations Manager

Estimated yearly salary: $40,000 – $100,000 (Average: $60,000).

Operations managers supervise a variety of departments, such as manufacturing, purchasing and warehousing. They are responsible for the quality and consistency of their department’s production, as well as budgeting and safety compliance. Operations managers also need interpersonal skills, as they may be responsible for staff meetings, performance reviews and labor union negotiation. Depending on the company’s structure, an operations manager might seek promotion to general manager or operations director.

Project Engineer

Estimated yearly salary: $50,000 – $95,000 (Average: $65,000).

Project engineers plan engineering projects and supervise their technical staff. They facilitate communication between staff members and ensure on-time project completion to required specifications. Project engineers also manage a project’s budget, and they are responsible for resource allocation. Career paths for project engineers can lead to senior mechanical engineer positions.

Systems Administrator

Estimated yearly salary: $40,000 – $80,000.

Systems administrators oversee the maintenance of their companies’ computer systems. They are responsible for system security, and they often make decisions regarding computer software and hardware purchases. Systems administrators also perform a variety of technical support, including setting up user accounts, diagnosing and fixing errors and overseeing updates. They also must understand workflow organization to accommodate the many different systems in operation.

Project Manager, Construction

Estimated yearly salary: $35,000 – $115,000 (Average: $70,000).

Project managers in the construction field are responsible for overseeing building projects. This job involves creating proposals for building plans and hiring contractors, as well as making schedules for employees and setting project completion goals. During a construction project, the manager is responsible for working with the client to determine their needs. A common career path for construction project managers leads to operations manager.

Electrical Engineer

Estimated yearly salary: $50,000 – $110,000.

Electrical engineers are responsible for designing, creating and implementing the different components of electrical devices. This is a job for a creative thinker with strong math, science and problem-solving skills. Because they often work in teams, electrical engineers must have good communication and interpersonal skills, and they must be willing to take direction.

Software Developer

Estimated yearly salary: $35,000 – $80,000.

Software developers create a variety of different computer programs. They must be familiar with a number of different programming languages, operating systems and databases. They must also be able to explain processes and programs to their clients in language that they can understand. Software developers often work closely with systems engineers and computer programmers, so they must be good team players.

These are just a handful of the top-earning and most popular jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, such as the one available at Arkansas State University.

Learn about the Arkansas State online Bachelor of Applied Science program.


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